It’d been five years since we heard music from Drapht, but in his latest record Seven Mirrors, we saw a long-awaited return to stellar form. In a recent interview at the ARIAs, following his win in the ‘Urban’ category, Drapht spoke of his time away from music.
“I took a bit of time out from music because I just wasn’t enjoying the process anymore,” he said. “I just had to re-establish what it meant to me and the writing process and the releasing process and dealing with the industry itself. I decided to take a little hiatus and open a restaurant in Perth.”
The 34-year-old explained that it was a stressful time in his life, but it gave him the inspiration to write Seven Mirrors, the first music we’ve heard since his critically acclaimed album Life of Riley, which was released in 2011.
When asked about his inspiration for Seven Mirrors he said, “When I opened the restaurant I was just writing furiously and I rediscovered why. I came to terms with the fact that I needed something to take the pressure away from my music and it wasn’t for my lively hood it was soley as a venting process and a creative outlet and I had to find that again and I’m so happy I have… I needed music to remove the stress of working 16 hours days in hospitality. I depended on it (music) again… I ended up writing a handful of the songs within that record in that restaurant.”
See the full interview below.
Image by Nathan Atkins.